Telecommunication in Canada

The development of telecommunications in Canada is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 47.88 million connections in 2019. Among them were 34.62 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.92 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Canada is very well in the race. Around 91% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 40% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 8.74 million webhosts, Canada is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 157.80 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Canada ranked 17th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 66.57 Mbit/second was significantly lower (28th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Canada comes 9th with a download speed of 93.74 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 47th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Canada from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Canada 1998 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Canada
Broadband users14.88 m39.59 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines13.27 m35.29 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars34.62 m92.09 %547.36 m122.31 %